The Weekend in PHIL-m


Hey Cinephiles, what are you planning this weekend? If you’re not set, here are a few suggestions:




If you haven’t been to PhilaMOCA yet, shame on you. The art-space/theater is one of the only places in the city showcasing unique and off-beat selections in film and music. Tonight they combine both with a live performance by Philly’s own The Divine Hand Ensemble as they provide a live score to infamous anti-drug propaganda film Reefer Madness. I’m not entirely sure how potent the performance will be, but at the very least you can expect a contact high.



If you’re looking for something with a harder edge, Landmark Theatres’ Ritz at the Bourse will be holding a midnight screening of Ruggero Deodato’s Italian cannibal monstrosity Cannibal Holocaust this Saturday (as in midnight Saturday 10/11, not midnight Sunday 10/12). This is hot on the heels of the recent Exhumed screening, so if you missed your opportunity to see naive Americans being slaughtered in a jungle then you probably shouldn’t pass this up. Not to be confused with Eli Roth’s not-remake remake.


Not into extreme gore but still looking to get your haunt on? International House, your only real alternative within the city limits for interesting foreign cinema, is screening classic witch-sploitation film Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages. In fact, they’re offering an entire day dedicated to the dark arts as they’ll also be screening Nicolas Roeg’s Guillermo Del Toro-approved The Witches earlier in the day.



Want to escape the city? Well, you still have some options. Phoenixville’s Colonial Theater is offering two opportunities to indulge your Halloween spirit: first, with recent cult hit Trick or Treat, which screens Friday night; then, with a Sunday afternoon screening of Hammer Films classic The Revenge of Frankenstein. Peter Cushing will menacingly scowl at you in disapproval if you miss either of these awesome films.

Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll in The 39 Steps

Finally, I realize some of you are probably not horror fans (heathens!), and a few of the unenlightened probably even hate Halloween (shame on you!), so you’re probably thinking, “What can I go see?” Well, Hiway Theater has something for you: Hitchcock. Along with a number of other local theaters, they’ll be offering screenings of Alfred Hitchcock films throughout October, this Sunday specifically showcasing The 39 Steps.

Author: Robert Skvarla

Robert is a contributing writer at Cinedelphia who is finishing up his undergrad at Temple University in Strategic Communication. He writes for a number of local publications including City Paper and in the past has failed to maintain a series of rambling blogs related to pop culture. In his free time, he also enjoys strange music, offbeat art, and weird people. Follow him on Twitter @RobertSkvarla.

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